Has it ever crossed your mind how heavily dependent we are on the broad concept of technology ranging from an ordinary washing machine to an iPhone? How is it that the same thing used to further advance and build us up to a society to make things easier is also the same that can be used to destroy and cause catastrophic events both physically and emotionally, to the point of exposing our privacy, especially online? This is because technology is an influential part on our daily lives especially digitally in today’s modern era. However, it is essential to understand that while digital technology has become vital it is only a means of progress to help humanity and development. Consequently, it’s purpose can rapidly change with how we utilize it and its vast functions, whilst also changing its impact on the future.
It would be absurd to believe that digital technology hasn’t played a large role on a majority of people’s daily lives. The uses and benefits reach a boundless end of capabilities that we haven’t even explored yet since it can connect us with each other. According to BBC NEWS 3.6 billion people are on the internet as of May 2015 which has increased to 4.1 billion, making those connections between each of them possible (millions), in 2018. Think about that phone in your hand, think about how many people you might not be able to contact instantly without it; your grandparents, old friends, people you would have lost contact with without it. Digital technology has integrated itself into existence and in today’s world has become nearly indispensable. Isaac Asimov once said, “I do not fear computers, I fear the lack of them” (BrainyQuote, 2018). This is because technology is important, and it is a pivotal part of our lives that before we never knew we needed. Its reach spans the globe and so do we with it. Technology is absolutely crucial in how we go about doing things.
However, it’s important to understand that technology is only a stepping stone we use to make life easier. The use of technology is supposed to help use further ourselves in a wide scope of tasks such as developing skills, sharing information, entertainment and overall connecting with each other. Christian Lous Lange, a Norwegian historian and political scientist describes this best when he said, “Technology is a useful servant” (BrainyQuote, 2018). Whilst we might have come to rely on it to a large extent it’s how we use it to our advantage or develop ourselves that matters. In the words of Steve Ballmer, who was the chief executive of Microsoft, “The number one benefit of technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do” (BrainyQuote, 2018). Digital Technology was created with the main purpose of being used for the people, by the people. We are creative communicative complex creatures which should strive to better ourselves, and have created technology to help with this endeavour. The importance of technology doesn’t come from us depending on it, but from how we depend on it to help us, to build us, to use to our advantage.
Consequently, depending on how we use it can drastically influence it’s use. What is more significant is that the way we handle it can change its prime objective from being a tool of creativity to one of destruction or even just pointless to an extent. According to Steve Jobs, co-founder, creator, chief executive officer of Apple and recognised as a ‘pioneer’ in digital technology, “it’s not faith in technology, it’s faith in people” which should matter (BrainyQuote, 2018). Technology has a wide range of capabilities especially since it handles information. Information for example about the richest/poorest or most digitally secure/insecure countries can be used for pinpointing which countries to focus charity on or plan a cyber-attack. Unfortunately, this in fact was seen in recent events of the Facebook scandal which was a platform to communicate and connect with others but was used as a weapon of privacy breaches. Muhammad Yunus quoted, “while technology is important it is what we do with it that matters”. Meaning, the way we harness technology and the information and power it provides is what truly counts for anything, what truly counts to making a difference, and what truly counts in how it affects others. Technology isn’t an enemy or our friend, but it can make ourselves as humanity and each other our worst fear or our greatest connection and ally.
Furthermore, obviously the way we decide to use technology affects our future. What we do today to utilize this tool changes the way our lives and the lives of children and them after are impacted. Jaron Lanier said, “The most important thing about technology is the way it changes people”, and many people still haven’t realized this (Notable-quotes.com,2018). We need to realise that technology isn’t just for entertainment or to dull the mind but to expand it, to build creativity and open opportunities for the future. What we do today with technology is the foundation of what’s built tomorrow. We need to reflect on what we do today, look at ourselves and ask am I using this to its full potential? Is what I do today with my technology making significant difference and contribution to the world or is it pointless? Because you hold the future in your hands, you have the power to change the world, from that little device. It empowers and makes it possible for us to connect, learn, be creative and build skill so use it. The way we use technology today matters but the way we use it to affect the future, is probably what’s most significant in the end.
People let’s take a stand, for what? To use technology with creativity, with passion and a desire to excel and further ourselves. Not in a way which will destroy others but one in which everyone can benefit. Technology is important in our everyday lives but let’s make it also be what helps build a better future of tomorrow, because that’s what really matters. Technology is a pedestal created to push us to higher goals and standards and a way to have an impact. The way we decide to handle, manipulate and program the technology around us is what’s important in the long run. The importance of technology is irrevocably momentous but what we do today is immensely influential to tomorrow and future generations. DO NOT WASTE THIS OPPORTUNITY! Grab it by the hands and use technology to great reaches to build yourself because the way you use it matters most.
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